RAVENS' NEST 05/26/2021


Upcoming Events

May 28 – Last day to turn in 30-second Hacky Sack Flipgrid Video

May 28 – Last day to return library books

May 31 – Memorial Day Holiday- No school

June 3 – LBSS Rising 7th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

June 8 – Virtual School Day (Primary Election Day at FCPS Schools)

June 10 – 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, LBSS Gym, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

June 11 – Last Day of School – 2 Hour Early Release, 1:30 p.m.


A Message from the Principal


Dear Ravensworth Families,


We are in the last three weeks of the school year. We’re continuing to plan for five full days of in person learning for all students in the fall. You will see an outdoor learning/eating space arrive on the grounds during the next two weeks to support next year.

For the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, FCPS will be requiring students and staff to continue to wear masks and socially distance during instructional time both indoors and outdoors on school grounds, including for recess. FCPS will maintain CDC requirements of 3 feet social distance in classrooms and 6 feet social distancing in eating areas through June 15. We ask all adults on school grounds to wear a mask in accordance with this policy.  These requirements are aligned with the Fairfax County Health Department guidance and helps maintain consistency as we finish out the year.


Erika Aspuria





All Library Books Due – Friday, May 28th

We ask all students to please search for and return any school library books by Friday, May 28th.  Students can locate their checkout list by signing-in to the library catalog.  In the top right corner, click on “Log-In.”  On the following screen, select “Log in using your account with Fairfax County Public Schools.”  Then, click on the three horizontal lines located in the top left corner.  Select “checkouts” in the drop-down menu and the checkout list will display.  Please contact our Librarian, Mrs. Sloan, jasloan@fcps.edu , if you have any questions or need assistance.  Thank you for helping to gather books for return.  Books may be returned to the black bins throughout the school (outside the library doors, in the Kindergarten hallway, and in the lobby under the glass display case) and will be picked up by Mrs. Sloan, or may be dropped off in the blue bin outside the school by Door 1 during school hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm.  Please call our Office if you need assistance with drop-off (703) 426-3600.


ST Math:  Help Children Love Math This Summer:  A Webinar for K-6 Families

*This webinar will NOT be recorded.

Every student has the potential to deeply understand and truly love math. This belief helps ST Math become a powerful tool many students are using in FCPS. Students develop their math knowledge through challenging puzzles, non-routine problem solving, and informative feedback.

Join us for this important webinar to learn how families can use ST Math with their children to help them develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Discover how learning occurs in ST Math
  • Support students working in the program from home
  • Uncover how to view student progress
  • Locate additional resources for ST Math use at home

Presented by Jim deBerjeois, and Vivian Doughty, Professional Learning Specialists at MIND Research Unit.

June 7, 2021 10-10:45 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Register for ST Math: Help Children Love Math This Summer: A Webinar for K-6 Families


LBSS Rising 7th Grade Parent Information Night

The LBSS Rising 7th Grade Parent Information Night will be held Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  A Blackboard Collaborate link will be sent once you have registered (below).  Join us at this parent only event to learn about:

  • The differences between elementary school and middle school
  • Communicating with your child and your child’s teachers
  • Student attendance and check-in/out procedures
  • After-school activities
  • Developmental changes and needs of the middle school child

Use this link to register: Parent Night Google Sign-up


Lake Braddock Middle School Jump Start Program – Registration Now Open!

Each year, we offer MS Jump Start as an orientation program to acclimate rising 7th grade students to their new school as well as any rising 8th graders, new to Lake Braddock.

This is a tremendous opportunity for new students to tour the school, meet some resourceful staff, gain some knowledge from past middle schoolers and have some fun while getting excited about the upcoming schoolyear.

Jump Start 2021 – The Return To In-Person (A welcome opportunity for all incoming 7th grade and new 8th grade students to meet face-to-face with some of our amazing LBSS staff and socialize with fellow Bruins as we all gear up for the return to in-person schooling for students in Fall 2021.  Facility Tours, Friends, Staff Meet & Greet, Bruin Ambassador Panel, Q&A, and More!

August 9 – August 12, 2021 (9:00am – 2:00pm)

Host Site: Lake Braddock Secondary School

Registration Fee: $20.00 (scholarships available as needed)

Register Here: https://forms.gle/8YaaZutbUUpn448m8

Questions can be directed to the Middle School After-School Specialist, Jamaal Hines, jlhines@fcps.edu


Now Accepting Kindergarten & New Student Enrollments for 2021-2022

Do you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2021?  Do you know a family who is new to our neighborhood?

Please fill in the New Student Registration page located on the Ravensworth website.  Your form will be submitted to our school Student Information Assistant, Teresa Dunbar, who will be able to assist you with the registration process.

To start the registration process, please complete and submit this form online: https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/student-services/student-registration


Student Intent Forms for Families NOT Returning to FCPS the 2021-22 School Year

For families NOT returning to a Fairfax County Public School in the fall of 2021, please complete and return the Student’s Intention for the Next School Year form ASAP. Forms should be sent to tldunbar1@fcps.edu. You may access the form on the FCPS website: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf

If you have any questions, contact Ravensworth’s Registrar, Teresa Dunbar.


Student Placements for 2021-2022

While it is still early to be thinking ahead to next year, we want to give you information about class placements for the 2021-2022 school year ahead of time.  The staff at Ravensworth Elementary works hard to place students in an optimal learning situation each year.  If you have some information that would help us make those decisions, please send your comments in writing to Mrs. Aspuria by May 28th.  Please do not list teacher names.  Rather, describe the classroom academic learning environment in which your child learns best.




Summer Practice Books

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021. Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book.  These books will include information about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.



PTA News

No PTA Next Year!!  WHAT???!!

RES PTA must have 1 more volunteer to serve as either the Treasurer or Secretary on the Executive Board for SY 2021-2022.  PTA has one volunteer ready to fill either position, so we just need you to consider stepping up into one of these two roles.  RES PTA cannot exist without these positions filled.  PTA Nominating Committee is accepting volunteers/nominations right up to the time of our election vote at our next & final PTA general meeting of the school year on Monday, June 7th at 7:00 pm. If you, or someone you know, are interested in volunteering, please contact Michele at recordingsec@ravensworthpta.org by June 7th. Current Board Officers are happy to answer any questions & assist getting you started.    


Parent Appreciation Prizes- “Come on Down, You’re the Next Winner!”

Log In To Win:  Mon, June 7th 7pm  (aka: PTA Meeting)

Parents -- PTA appreciates YOU & we want to reward all YOUR efforts you have given to your kids & teachers this unbelievable school year!  Prizes include gift cards to Swiss Bakery, Peet's Coffee & Subway as well as some tasty treats & RES Spirit Items!   Log in & join us at our final PTA meeting of the year to be REWARDED!  Hint: Wear your best party hat, RES Spirit Wear and/or Hawaiian shirt! 



Hacky Sack Contest ends Friday, May 28th.  Ice Cream Party for Class with the most Hacky Sack Videos!

PTA is excited to soon see your Hacky Sack skills & tricks on the flipgrid! The 3rd – 6th grade class with the most participation of Hacky Sack videos submitted will win a class Ice Cream Party! Yummy!  Be sure to submit your 30 sec. video by Friday, May 28th to flipgrid:  https://flipgrid.com/baf71a63 for your chance to win ice cream and 1 of 16 Ravensworth Rockstar T-shirts!  Title your video with your name, grade, teacher & T-shirt size (YM, YL, YXL).


Any hacky sack will do, even a squishy or soccer ball could work so long as you are Kickin It, Raven's Style! 


Outdoor Classroom PTA Committee Needed

PTA is seeking to form an Outdoor Classroom Committee.  RES is receiving a large tent from FCPS for the fall and we'd love to have a white board & tree stumps ready to utilize for our students & teachers at the start of the coming school year!  If you, or your organization or group (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.)  are interested in helping to make an outdoor classroom a reality for RES please contact Megan:  president@ravensworthpta.org


School Spirit Item

Check out the latest item added to the Spirit Wear Store - removable laptop stickers! There are three options to buy -

1- Purchase for $5 and pick up at a set spirit wear pickup date.

2- Purchase for $5.50 and have your sticker mailed to you.

3- Purchase for $2.50 and have a sticker given to a Ravensworth Staff member!

Visit https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store/store to purchase!


If You’ve Not Already Joined Memberhub, Check it Out Here Now!


You do not have to be a PTA member to join the free Everyone Hub or your classroom Hubs.  These hubs are for you to utilize to make connections & easily stay connected to your specific RES communities.  PTA uses the Everyone hub to help keep you up to date & reminded about PTA Happenings.  To Ensure you receive all PTA emails & have access to the RES Online Directory, purchase your PTA Membership ($10 Indiv/$20Family) here:  https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships




Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at


and the school’s accounts are

https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and